The Q&A Archives: Cherimoya Tree

Question: How are Cherimoya trees pruned and at what height?

Answer: To keep your cherimoya tree producing, and with the fruit easy to harvest, you can prune to an espallier shape. Prune during the dormant period to develop strong branches that can support the heavy fruit. Train the tree to two scaffold branches at 2 feet of trunk, pruning them to a 2 foot length. Save only the strongest single shoots, preferably those at 60 to 90 degree angle, and remove the others. In the following years, remove two-thirds of the previous year's growth, leaving six or seven good buds, at time of new growth. This will keep fruiting wood within reach of the ground. Thin out crossing branches at this time, as well. Cherimoya is rather forgiving when it comes to pruning so don't be too concerned about cutting at the wrong place!

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